Monday, 28 September 2015

It's like Where's Waldo, but with soap

So that soap I made that didn't turn out swirly like it was supposed to? Getting a new life. Repurposed with a purpose.

Left over scraps of other soaps. I forgot this was the top and they should've gone on the bottom. D'oh!

Okay, so not nearly as difficult as Finding Waldo since it's pretty darned obvious where those re-purposed pieces are, but it made for a catchy title.

Have a great week!

Monday, 21 September 2015

When will I learn

If I want to follow someone else's idea, I need to do it while watching their Youtube video, or reading their instructions, not 3 weeks later from memory, because as I said, I don't have the memory of an elephant, or even of a 5 year old.

There was a beautiful gem soap on Youtube which I wanted to emulate, but good grief Charlie Brown, it helps to know how she did it in the first place!

This turned out not the way I wanted (gee, seems to be a recurring theme with me) but again it's a learning process. I wanted a thin stripe of black to contrast between colours, but after cutting out parts, it wasn't turning out, so I just left a whole part black instead. Also, not using all clear soap made it look less gem-like.

Scented with Rocky Road Fudge

Another live and learn session. I found a really cool tutorial on Pinterest (and this time remembered to pin it even!) on how to make cool gem soaps, so off I go to try that!

What's your minimum time you can spend on Pinterest? To me it's like Lay's chips, can't stop at one pin.

Have a great week!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Salt and soap

The next big thing since Salt 'n Pepa! And for those of you too young to remember that, I don't want to talk to you anymore. ;)

No, this is Himalayan salt in goat's milk soap, which IMO, is much better than any ol' hip hop group. Probably shows what an old fart I am.

I love reading the posts on Soapqueen and was intrigued by her post on using pink salt in soap. I didn't want to have all the salts just on the bottom, so instead, I tried to layer them throughout the soap, which will probably result in less than fabulous lathers, but I'm hoping it gives a nice exfoliation instead.

What's your favourite home spa recipe? Have a great week!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Happy September!

This year, with Labour Day taking place on the first Tuesday of the month, it means that school is delayed until the second week of September. Great news for a lot of kids, but I'm sure there are some parents who will be happy to see their kidlets back in school so the parents can have more of a routine in their lives again.

To celebrate this happy occasion for some, I bought some adorable erasers to be used as embeds. I think I finally learned to do it right.

Must work on lighting.

This came in a package of 36 erasers, so I'm going to have some fun with these.

Are you ready for school to start, or is it too early to start talking about fall?

Monday, 31 August 2015

When life gives you lemons

Say to heck with it, and go meet your girlfriends for a coffee instead!

Just kidding, you make the best of it because you're a responsible adult and running away from problems doesn't help anything, right? Right? Okay, you've gone for coffee, I get it.

So my swirl turned out not to be a swirl, except in the middle where the toilet paper roll sat. Maybe I was supposed to pull it up and let the soap flow through. Oh well. It is still useful for slicing to give out as samples, or to make into something else.

Cutting it thin means it does that curl thing, not quite the full curls, but that almost naturally wavy look that I want my hair to do. But I digress.

I think I need to work on placement of the curls, but this was a good start I think.

What's your favourite thing to do when life gives you lemons? I'd still like to make limoncello out of my lemons, but that would involve time and money.

Have a great week!

Monday, 24 August 2015

First time for everything

One of the biggest time waster ways to get your creative juices flowing is to go on Pinterest. At least that's where I think I watched a video on how to create a swirl soap. The lady in the video called it TP swirl because she used a toilet paper roll. I think I'm going to call it the poor person funnel soap, sounds a bit better, don't you think?

As per usual, I watched the video and let some time lapse before I made the actual soap, so was doing it from memory. Seeing how I'm not an elephant, my memory usually betrays me, and I think it did this time as well.

It started off really pretty

And even after 3 (or is it 4?) pours, it was still going well.

At some point, was I supposed to start lifting the roll up? I couldn't remember (not an elephant right? But elephants don't have opposable thumbs, so advantage, me).

By the time most of the soap had been poured, it still looked pretty good

But upon drying, it lacked something.

Darn soap, why do you have to dry and look less pretty?

The bottom however, looks fantastic.

Scented with CC's Morning Rain and Strawberry Smoothie
I still didn't like the top, so I melted some more soap, put in some glitter (because glitter makes everything better) and added another layer to smooth out the top.

Needs more glitter but looks better than it did.

Next week, I'll show how it looks cut.

Have a great week!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Looking for balance

Not in my life, I mean who doesn't love chaos in their lives? :P No, I thought I'd try and make a stylized yin yang style soap, but still allowed me artistic license. (Okay just a warning, this is a long post, so grab your beverage of choice, I'd suggest something alcoholic this time, and sit back).

It took me four tries to get to this one, but like anything else, practice makes perfect, or at least let's one try and get things into 3D what is in one's head.

Attempt #1
I had poured the two circular moulds and cut them in half. Unfortunately, it didn't cut evenly and so the sides didn't fit together well.

If I could've left the dots of colour as they were, it'd have been cool.
Can't tell from this photo, but those are fuchsia and blue colour drops.
But the moment you add melted soap, the whole thing disperses
Hubby liked this one the most but since it wasn't what I was going for, I didn't like it.
which is nice, but not the look I was going for.

I could've sworn I cleaned the moulds!

Attempt #2
Using the other half of the circles to again create the base (and again, who didn't clean that mould?)

This time, I created the little "dots", but because I didn't have a small enough mould or cutout, I used squares instead. And because I'm going off on a tangent, I did them in other colours.

Clear layer is obviously not that clear, but it was good for experimenting.

Attempt #3
Didn't even make it out of the mould, so no picture.

Attempt #4

It finally worked, more or less. This time, I filled the mould completely with one colour, let it set, then cut it in half. I put it back in the mould and poured in the second colour. This also made it easier to ensure the two sides were filled to the same height. Meanwhile, I made the dots using my contact lens holders. Once the main part was firm enough, I put the dots in and filled it to the top with clear.

You all seem to make amazingly beautiful soaps. How do you manage not to have a gazillion failed attempts? If you have failed once or twice (because I like to think you have to make me feel better) how many re-attempts have you made to get what you want?

Have a great week!